Getting Better

Progress! I’m still moving. We’re hitting the last week of the S.A.C. Challenge and it’s all coming to an end. But the writing doesn’t stop and creativity doesn’t end so neither do I. Anyway, enough ramblings; on to this week’s discoveries and findings.

So this week I tried to focus on the positive. I think my last few updates have been a bit more on the negative side and that needs to change. I think focusing my energy on positive things also made it easier for me to be receptive to new concepts and ideas. Did my numbers change drastically? Pfft, no; but the way I looked at those numbers changed. I had to choose to not look at my low numbers as failures but as successes because I have even those few ideas.

This week writing was a bit more focused on getting this S.A.C. stuff finished BUT I did get this idea for a song called Metronome. It all came from a music practice this week where I heard someone say to the drummer “You’re my metronome.” As a musician and such metronomes are both my best friend and sworn enemy. Yet they are a necessary evil because they keep time. There’s no telling the metronome that it’s off because it’s not the metronome but you. So the song idea comes from this idea of someone being the metronome in your life because you need them to set the tempo and keep you focused. It has room for some really neat imagery and I’m interested to see where this one goes.

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S.A.C. Songwriting & Blogging Challenge 2015 Week 6

Okay so this week we had two different prompts to choose from. One, was to write a radio friendly hit and the other was to write a holiday song. I decided to go for the holiday song because, uhh why not? Plus I thought it would be a fun and interesting week. Well, I got started on this one a bit late but I got it done! I thought of all the Christmas songs that are played and I decided I wanted to go for something a little different. I wanted more of an upbeat feel like This Christmas by Donny Hathaway but what I ended up writing instead was more of a ballad and I kinda dig it. I got it recorded and such BUT then I realized that it couldn’t be longer than 3:30. The full running time was 4:25. So then it called for a rougher patch up which I was able to do so I’ve embedded both the full version and what I’ve dubbed the radio edit. Take a listen to both and see which you prefer!

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All in all it’s been an enjoyable six weeks. I learned a lot and I really do feel like I developed my craft a bit more. I think I’m in a better place with my writing now than I was just a few short weeks ago – despite having missed a few weeks here and there. I would like to continue to keep writing and working so that I can really begin to start a career in songwriting because what this challenge confirmed for me is that I am more than capable of doing so. (If that makes any sense at all.) What it really comes down to is knowing your strengths and making sure that you are doing your best to provide the best song that you can write because at the end of the day it’s all about writing great songs.

Anyway, that’s all for now. Take a listen to the new song and tell me what you think in the comments below! I’d love to hear your thoughts. 🙂

Peace & Harmonies

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